first name


Definition of first name 

: the name that stands first in one's full name

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Examples of first name in a Sentence

Children at the school call their teachers by their first names. the parents still haven't picked a first name for the baby

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Rajantie’s first name, Arttu, is pronounced like the Star Wars character R2-D2; a toy of the lovably squat droid sits atop his office computer at the Imperial College London. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 Now that that's all cleared up, all that's left to do is start taking bets on what the royal baby-to-be's first name will be. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Here's Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Child Might Not Be a Prince or Princess," 15 Oct. 2018 The first named storm of the Pacific season, Tropical Storm Aletta, weakened on Monday into remnant low-pressure system in the Pacific, far from the Mexican coast. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hurricane Bud now a Category 3 storm, forecast to weaken before hitting Mexico's Baja," 2 Oct. 2018 Chip and Joanna broke from their tradition of giving the boys' first names starting with D's with this name. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines Shares A Heartfelt Message About Life With Five Kids," 2 Aug. 2018 Earlier this year, Sony announced its USB Type-C 2-in-1 Cable alongside its new line of Xperia smartphones (which, naturally, don’t have headphone jacks), making it the first name brand to produce such an adapter. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Sony’s 2-in-1 headphone adapter is not our USB-C savior," 24 July 2018 The first name is a variation on the name of Migos' Culture album series, while the middle and last name are borrowed from Offset's birth name: Kiari Cephus. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Offset Shares Nude Photo of Pregnant Cardi B, Gushes Over 'Princess' Baby Kulture," 11 July 2018 There was some confusion when the human being on the phone asked about the reservation time, and again when the human asked for the first name of the reserving party. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Google Gives Its Human-Like Phone Chatbot a Demo Redo," 27 June 2018 The female officer, who goes by her first name, Archana, fed him once, and the child was taken to a government child care center. Sreoshi Mukherjee And Swati Gupta, CNN, "Female cop breast-feeds abandoned baby," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of first name

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of first name

: the name that comes first in someone's full name

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